Children's Clothing Styles of the 1950s

Written by m. skylar ezell | 13/05/2017
Children's Clothing Styles of the 1950s
The coonskin cap was a popular clothing trend for boys in the USA in the 1950s. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

In the 1950s, the world had entered a post World War II era and was beginning to break into new trends, particularly in fashion. Children's fashions during this time had begun to make a marked shift as the world moved into the new era. Kids' clothing during the 1950s brought about new fads, styles and colour choices that would have a significant impact for years to come.

The Popularity of Pink

For girls of all ages, pink was a very popular colour in the 1950s, for both skirts and tops. In fact, some men were even fans of the colour. The colour pink could be found in cosmetics, girls accessories and even bathroom fixtures. It was a significant shift from the drab, muted shades of grey that had been popular during the 1940s when the world was in the midst of World War II.

Dresses & Skirts

In the 1950s, the vast majority of girls wore dresses. In fact, a female wearing trousers was a serious taboo. Girls' skirts were at least mid-knee in length and usually covered the entire knee. The dresses were worn most days, not just special occasions. One popular style was the poodle skirt. A poodle skirt was a wide swing skirt that had a poodle appliqued onto it. There were other designs that could be appliqued onto skirts, but the poodle is the most iconic of the time.

The Preppy Boys

Preppy was the popular look for teenage boys in the 1950s. It was a very conservative look that signified a straight-laced, non-threatening kind of attitude. Boys wanting to exemplify this look would often sport a cardigan sweater. The cardigan would often have an embroidered school letter, which was very popular among high school athletes. Shirts were usually tucked in and neatly ironed under the preppy guidelines. Pink was also a popular colour among high school boys, as well as girls.

The Cowboy Look

With the popularity of the Davy Crockett character, as portrayed by actor Fess Parker, the cowboy look became very popular among boys and young men in the 1950s. Young boys in particular were avid fans of the coonskin cap, a hat made from an actual raccoon. For many boys in the 1950s, coonskin caps were a vital piece of everyday wear. In addition to the coonskin caps, young boys and teens sported plaid flannel shirts that exemplified the wild west style.

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